Overreactions with 38 to go: A banner night for Hasek is a loss

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It’s been a rough year.

If you’re a Sabres fan, it’s been rough. If you’re a Buffalo Sabres season ticket holder, it’s been even rougher. Every game is draining, both emotionally and financially. It’s long been discussed (here on this blog and increasingly elsewhere) that the organization tends to be sloppy with things like marketing and game presentation, but this was going to be a special night.

It was underwhelming.

After a short, subdued ceremony to honor the greatest goaltender in franchise history and possibly the greatest player to ever wear the uniform, the Sabres dropped their eighth in a row, falling by a 3-1 score to the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Mike Weber’s second period goal, his first of the season, would be the only offense the Sabres could muster.

Buffa461501680_slidelo fell behind midway through the opening period, as Darren Helm scored shorthanded to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar would add second period goals and the result was never in doubt.

Czech native Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves for the Sabres, while fellow Czech Petr Mrazek got the win for Detroit, stopping 25 shots.

One game on the schedule stood out as important for the fans. Tonight was that one game.

The game wasn’t thrilling. Little about the night was.

  • Seriously, the organization should be embarrassed about that. You don’t retire numbers often. This organization has arguably retired some numbers undeservedly. There isn’t a chance to do this better next year. There isn’t anyone close to being a candidate right now. It could be decades before we do this again. This should’ve been a seminal moment in team history, and it was completely underwhelming.
  • Little fanfare for Zac Dalpe’s Sabres debut. Honestly didn’t even notice him on the ice until near the end of the first period.
  • Whoever designed the patches the players wore tonight needs to take a lap. Uninspired and weak design. You’re retiring a number, why is the logo the primary focus of the patch?
  • Twenty years from now, the Sabres will be hit with a rash of injuries and will recall Matt Ellis from the Rochester Americans. The guy will never go away. That’s not an insult or anything. Ellis just seems like he’s always around and he never really hurts you.
  • The game was a sellout. Everyone was in their seats early and excited. See what happens when you give something away worth showing up for? But, right, we don’t need “gimmicks” like that. I’ll remember that Thursday.
  • Tyler Myers had a solid game, didn’t he, Ken Holland? Seems like he’d be a valuable guy to go after, Ken Holland. Maybe you, Ken Holland, should call Tim Murray and ask about Tyler Myers.
  • Two kids who grew up idolizing Hasek started in goal for the two teams playing tonight and I don’t think they did enough to celebrate that.
  • If you want to doubt Brian Flynn’s talent, please note that he made such a good play to set up Mike Weber for a goal that even Mike Weber couldn’t fuck it up.
  • One of the casualties of having a marketing department full of people who weren’t around for an era where the team wore different colors is that you have a tendency to whitewash that era for the sake of your #brand. Honestly, it’s insulting to any fan that grew up and fell in love with the Sabres during that decade.
  • Your deadline trade fodder update: nice assist, Drew Stafford.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo
2. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo
3. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Gustav Nyquist, Detroit (GW-PP Goal (16))
2. Kyle Quincey, Detroit (2 assists)
3. Mike Weber, Buffalo (Goal (1))

Quote of the night:

“We’re working hard, we’re just not working smart. We’re beating ourselves with bad decision-making.”

— Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

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Posted on January 14, 2015, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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